It’s hard to decide which of the Momofukus—the name means “lucky peach,” and it’s become a small chain here in the city—is best. All of them (and they include Momofuku Noodle and Momofuku Ko) are casual restaurants (think long counters and shared tables) with decidedly elegant Asian food. Ko, which is a tasting menu only place, is near impossible to get into, so it drops off the list; and the noodle bar, while good, has been upstaged by Ipuddo. So that leaves Momofuku Ssam, where chef/owner/culinary savant David Chang pays homage to pork in many, many forms. There’s the delightful Asian-style burrito in the name of the restaurant, the artisanal ham plate, and the pork steak (which comes with blue cheese, beets, and shisito peppers, yet works amazingly well). The pièce de résistance: a whole pork butt for 6 to 10 people (this must be ordered in advance). Beyond pig, Chang is a master with vegetables and fish and . . . well, everything he serves.
New York City
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Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 Second Ave (at 13th St.).
Our Rating Neighborhood The Flatiron District, Union Square & Gramercy Park Hours Daily 11:30am–3:30pm, Sun–Thurs 5pm–midnight; Fri–Sat 5pm–1am Transportation Subway: N, Q, R, L, 4, 5, 6 to Union Square.Then Ms Phone 212/254-3500 Prices Main courses $10–$26 Cuisine Type Asian Web site Momofuku Ssam Bar
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